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  • San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel Mission Basilica at California
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel Mission Basilica
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel Mission Basilica
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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, 93923 831-624-1271

Spiritual Beauty at the Mission San Carlos Borromeo Church

The Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo is one of California's most important cultural and historical heritage sites, dating back to 1770 and earning a place on the National Historic Landmark registry. The Basilica Church displays a collection of Spanish Colonial liturgical art and artifacts. The Mission also includes the Harry Downie Museum, which contains interpretive displays and pieces telling the Mission's restoration story. The Munrás Family Heritage Museum offers regional flavor through one family's eyes.



  • Carmel Mission Classic
  • Lenten/Holy Week
  • Live concerts


  • History
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Music
  • Tours


  • What is the History of the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo?

    The second mission built by Franciscans in upper California, it was first established in 1770, moving to its current site a year later. It was secularized and abandoned by the Mexican government in 1833, and was restored by the Roman Catholic church, which assumed control of it in 1863. In 1931, the church transferred control to a local diocese, and it became a regular parish church. In 1960, Pole John XXII designated it a minor basilica, and Pope John Paul II visited in 1987.
  • What type of Exhibits can I see at the Mission?

    The Mission San Carlos Borromeo Del Rio Carmelo contains five museums and galleries that each offer a different perspective on the history and culture of the region. The Basilica Church displays Spanish Colonial liturgical art. The Harry Downie Museum tells the story of the Mission's restoration. The Munrás Family Heritage Museum displays a private collection from a prominent Monterey family. The Jo Mora Chapel Gallery houses the Serra Memorial Cenotaph sculpture and an art exhibit with rotating exhibitions. Finally, the Convento Museum provides addition context for the history and culture of this important site. 

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